Department of Defense Education Activity

Technical Requirements

A character pushing a cog on the screen of a laptopYour student requires a laptop or chromebook to participate in the virtual school, as tablets and phones will provide only limited access to the course and its assignments.  

If a laptop or chromebook is not available to you, please contact your local school for the equipment necessary to participate in the Virtual School Option. 

DVS K-8 courses are delivered via Schoology Learning Management System (LMS). Schoology requires only a web browser with Javascript and cookies enabled. If choosing to use your own computer or chromebook, please consider the following:

1.       All students need to have an active DoDEA Google account as it will be necessary to access Schoology.

2.       The Chrome browser is the recommended browser for DVS K-8 courses.

3.       Chromebooks will work with content in the all K-6 courses.

4.      Depending on course enrollment Virtual Learning students in grade 7-12 may need a laptop (PC or Mac) rather than a Chromebook. 

          Students in courses identified below need to use a laptop (PC or Mac) due to software required to complete the course:

  • AP Computer Science ~ BlueJ software (free download for PC and Mac)
  • Java I and Java II ~ BlueJ software (free download for PC and Mac)
  • Web Design ~ a Text Editor  (there is a workaround for this on a Chromebook)
  • Health ~ See item 3 above as course contains an abundance of Flash SWF files
  • Spanish ~ See item 3 above as course contains an abundance of Flash SWF files
  • Japanese ~ See item 3 above as course contains an abundance of Flash SWF files

6.       Some courses contain Microsoft Office files: students can use their DoDEA Student Google account to convert to the approrpiate Google file type.

7.       Student devices should to have sound capability and a microphone (internal or headset) to complete many instructional activities and for students to work with their teachers.. A camera (internal or usb) is preferred but not mandatory.

Use the form below to easily locate your DoDEA School. First select your global geographical Region then the corresponding DoDEA Community from the available drop-down menus.

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